7/7/12 – We officially start researching adoption agencies

8/9/12 – We visit with families at an Ethiopia Adoption Playgroup (everyone graciously answers our never-ending list of questions!)

8/12/12 – We pray for confirmation that we are to adopt

8/13/12 – Matt receives an unexpected check in the mail in the exact amount we needed for our application

8/14/12 – We submit our application to AWAA!

8/15/12 – We are asked to submit additional information for our application’s final review

8/24/12 – We are accepted into the Ethiopia Program!

8/25/12 – We start scavenging our house and selling our stuff on Craigslist

8/28/12 – Our church sets up an adoption fund for us so that people may give through them

8/28/12 – We begin a puzzle fundraiser

9/15/12 – We have a car wash fundraiser

9/18/12 – We have exactly what we need to send in our first payment and start our home study!

9/21/12 – Begin baby bottle coin drive

9/28 & 9/29 – Over 30 families contribute for garage sale

10/1/12 – Visit police department for first set of finger prints

10/12/12 – First interview for our Home Study

10/26/12 – Pie fundraiser

11/8/12 – Second Home Study Interview

11/30/12 – Almost done collecting dossier paper work

12/6/12 – Final Home Study Meeting

12/15/12 – Christmas Tree Fundraiser

1/28/13 – Federal finger printing for I-600a

2/12/13 – I-171H approval letter in the mail!

2/13/13 – Secretary of State’s certification and final notary signatures

2/16/13 – Approval from AWAA to send dossier package to them!

3/8/13 – We are officially “DTE” (dossier to Ethiopia)

 

 

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